6. Josephine Manuel, Philippines, District 3790

Josephine has a Bachelor’s degree in agricultural education and has worked mostly in rural development projects in the Philippines funded by the Ducth NOVIB, European Union (EU), Asian Development Bank (ADB), and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Josephine’s passion in rural development comes from a strong conviction that addressing the problems of hunger and poverty in peacetime is as important as dealing with raging conflicts.

She believes that hunger and poverty, which are mostly rural phenomena, are also among the most serious causes of conflicts. Thus, in such cases, ensuring food security and having people engaged in decent livelihood opportunities is an important way of getting to the bottom of a conflict.